Useful Information – April 2024

Events, training, charity news, surveys, research, feedback, reports, services and much more – in one handy place!

This page will be updated with new information as we receive it during March. Please check back regularly. (Last update: 12/04/24 – items added on this date are marked as [NEW])

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Training and Events

[NEW] Network event: Getting to work on Modern Slavery in Cumbria

Thursday 16 May, Carlisle. Keynote presentations by The Clewer Initiative, on County Lines and the Care Sector. Click on the thumbnail image for more information.

Email to book your place


Barrow Veterans Focus Group

20 April, Barrow. More information about this focus group for veterans and families can be found by clicking the thumbnail image.



School of Social Enterprise

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Why not start your own Social Enterprise instead?

Applications are OPEN for the brand new School of Social Enterprise, an inspired idea from Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, who are keen to champion the formation of more Social Enterprises in Cumbria. Starting a social enterprise means running a purpose driven business, and lets you make a positive impact and connect with your community.

Maryport – 25 & 26 April (cohort 1)
Millom – 1 & 2 May (cohort 2)


Getting Started on TikTok for charities

Thursday, 18 April, Online. This session is for charities and community groups who would like to start a TikTok channels but aren’t sure where to start.

During this interactive webinar, you’ll explore key details you need to know including the fundamentals, audience insights, examples of best practice and mistakes to avoid.

Find out more and book here


Accessibility Lunch & Learn

Wednesday 24 April, Barrow. Vision Support Barrow & District will be hosting an Accessibility Lunch & Learn event to give you the chance to learn more about how to make events you host, services you provide, and your online presence accessible to everyone. Plus, you’ll get a free lunch from us.

Recommend for anyone who works on in-person events or your online presence (e.g. social media, website, etc.). The event is FREE to attend – reserve spaces in advance as these are limited.

Find out more and book here


Webinar: Artificial intelligence and digital inclusion

11 April, online. Experts from the charity sector and beyond explore how AI is already impacting people and communities, the meanings of AI safety and AI literacy, and how charitable organisations can take action on digital and AI inclusion.

Find out more and book here


Capital Fundraising Masterclass

Monday 3 June, online. This NEW Capital Fundraising MASTERCLASS will dive into a practical approach that will make fundraising for Capital projects easier, and increase your chances of fundraising success!

Find out more and book here


Stewardship Masterclass

Tuesday 14 May, online. In this NEW Stewardship MASTERCLASS, Get Grants will breakdown how your ability to build strong, authentic relationships with your donors, funders, and partners WILL have an impact on your level of success.

Find out more and book here


Bid Writing Credibility Masterclass

Thursday 25 April, online. In this NEW Bid Writing Credibility MASTERCLASS, you will learn how to take a step back and look at your organisation from the funder’s perspective.

We invite you to ask: why would they trust YOU with a grant?

Find out more and book here


Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop

Tuesday 23 April, online. This Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Group course is one of Get Grants’ most popular and in-demand courses.

This workshop will give you an understanding of what this entails, build your confidence and provide inspiration!

Find out more and book here


Introduction to Management for Fundraisers Workshop

Thursday 11 April, online. This Introduction to Management for Fundraisers Workshop will provide valuable tips and tricks on how to be a successful manager so that you can lead your fundraising team (now or in future) with confidence!

Fid out more and book here


Virtual Fundraisers Networking

Monday 29 April, online. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get together and share knowledge and experience.

Get Grants FREE Virtual Fundraisers Networking Events bring fundraisers together to access friendly peer-support from our UK-wide Get Grants Community.

Find out more and book here


Safety Net (UK) Fire Fest

20 April, Armathwaite. The event will consist of the opportunity to do a Fire Walk for aged 16+ (£20pp and to aim to raise £100), a Lego Walk for all ages (free to participate but aim to raise £20), there will be music, stalls, arts and crafts corner and a festival feel to event.

General Admission to Fire Fest is free but we are asking people to register so we have a true idea of numbers so that it can be catered for appropriately.

Click on the thumbnail image for more information.


Storytelling for Fundraising Training Course

Telling stories is a powerful tool that is too often overlooked. Stories are used to engage, inform, persuade, and create connections between people. As a fundraiser, storytelling is a valuable skill that can be used to influence your potential supporters and maximise on your fundraising efforts.

Get Grants Storytelling for Fundraising Training Course is designed to support fundraisers to improve their fundraising confidence and success through effective use of storytelling.

Upcoming course: Thursday 18 April & Thursday 25 April 2024

Find out more and book here


The Big Help Out 2024

Returning for its second year, The Big Help Out 2024 is taking place across the weekend of 7-9 June, at the end of Volunteers’ Week. NCVO are hosting webinars to help volunteer-involving organisations to develop and plan their involvement in the campaign, which this year has a key focus on supporting underrepresented communities in volunteering.

All webinars will include the latest campaign news, support to use the digital platform and practical insights around encouraging greater diversity. The webinars are free and you are welcome to attend more than one, subject to availability.

Open webinar for any volunteer-involving organisations: 3 April at 10am.

VCFSE News and Information

[NEW] New service to explore local statistics

The Office for National Statistics have just released a new service to explore local statistics. It brings together 57 local data sets including housing, household income, health and business information amongst other things.

It is currently in a testing stage, but data can be extracted by local authority area and parliamentary constituency, and is presented with useful reference data such as national average.

Check out the new service here


[NEW] Campaigning and political activity

With a general election likely to take place this year, it is important that you work with of the rules around charities, campaigning and political activity.

ACEVO and NCVO have put together some useful guidance around charity campaigning law, electoral law and more. Lloyds Bank Foundation have also produced a useful guide for small charities. The latest date that a general election can take place is 28 January 2025.


Key considerations when deciding whether to accept or refuse a donation

In March 2024, the Charity Commission published new guidance to help charities decide whether to accept, refuse or return donations.

This is an issue that many charities have had to address, and it has come into sharp focus in recent years with several high-profile media stories.

Read the article here


Tech Review: Canva

Drawing on their experience using tech as a charity, Charity Digital’s Tech Review series features honest reviews by staff about the tech they have used in their day-to-day lives. What does their Content Writer think about the graphic design website Canva?

Read the article here


Regulator tells charities to consider having an internal artificial intelligence policy

Charities may need to consider having an internal artificial intelligence (AI) policy, the Charity Commission has suggested in a newly published blog.

It notes the 2023 Charity Digital Skills report suggested that 35% of charities were already using AI for certain tasks and that a further 26% had plans to do so in the future.

Read the article here


How to stay cyber secure with volunteers

Discover how charities can strengthen their cyber security while working with volunteers, with help from the National Cyber Security Centre.

Read the article here


How to write a volunteer handbook

Explore the key steps to writing an effective volunteer handbook to help you save time and ensure a smooth and satisfying volunteer experience.

Read the article here


Hybrid working: preparing for the future

Hybrid working is here to stay. Charities should start to prepare for long-term remote working and ensure all staff are well-equipped and prepared for the future.

Read the article here


Cumberland Council Newsletter

View the Cumberland Council newsletter from 28/03/24 here, including:

  • Cumberland Council receives funding boost for Active Travel
  • Wasdale shuttlebus
  • Important step in transfer of Local Enterprise Partnership functions to local authorities in Cumbria


Westmorland and Furness Council Newsletter

View the Westmorland and Furness Council newsletter from 28/03/24 here, including:

  • Council welcomes £200 million Barrow investment announcement
  • £406k to boost active journeys across Westmorland and Furness
  • Council thanks communities and staff for support in first year


Digital Funding: 6 myths busted

This online resource from Catalyst is for anyone involved in making grant applications to fund their organisation’s digital costs. That includes funders as well as fundees.

It lists some of the myths that influence perceptions and decisions around digital funding. For each one it explains why it isn’t true, and why they are also partly true. It will help you check what you think you know about grant funding for digital costs.

Find out more here


Government and investors must act now to keep Britain’s local economy thriving

In this article from PA Future, Big Society Capital’s CIO Anna Shiel says the government needs to focus on local solutions to address widening inequality.

She talks about the importance of positive social impact in local areas and growing place-based impact investments, highlighting why social enterprises are so important to local economies right now.

Read the article here


Carlisle Eden Mind moving

Carlisle Eden Mind have moved to a new location!

They are now at 1 Victoria Place, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1EJ. Phone numbers, website, and Facebook page plus other socials, remain the same.


Cumberland Council Newsletter

View the Cumberland Council newsletter from 24/03/24 here, including:

  • Information on the elections on 2 May
  • We’re committed to become Age-Friendly and joined Ageing Without Limits Day
  • Recruitment launched to lead exciting £4.8m health research project


Westmorland and Furness Council Newsletter

View the Westmorland and Furness Council newsletter from 22/03/24 here, including:

  • Council awarded £1.7 million to put the wheels on more bus services in 2024/25
  • Healthwatch Westmorland and Furness’ projects
  • Do you need help with your Council Tax?


Cumberland Council Commits to become Age-Friendly

Cumberland Council has joined the Centre for Aging Better’s network of Age-Friendly Communities, which forms part of the council’s commitment to promote respect and appreciation for individuals of all ages within the organisation, as well as be a beacon of good practice to others in the community.

Ageism is the most widespread form of discrimination in the UK. It affects people of all ages and can have a profoundly damaging impact on us as we get older. The council is therefore marking the day to help change the way people think about ageing, and help everyone to grow old with confidence.

Read more here

Surveys, Research, Feedback and Reports

[NEW] Charity Banking survey

NAVCA know that banking is one of the most frustrating challenges that voluntary organisations experience. Since 2021, wev’ve been working closely with partners across the voluntary sector to improve banking services for charities and voluntary organisations.

Together with UK Finance and large high street banks, the Civil Society Group has developed the Voluntary Organisation Banking Guide, a web hub that will launch soon. But we know that more and better information won’t solve the many challenges that voluntary organisations face with banking.

Respond to our survey to tell us about your experiences of banking. Your story will help us continue to advocate for better banking services for voluntary organisations.


Average charity sector salary increased by 4% last year, jobs site reports

The average salary advertised for roles in the sector increased by 4% to £36,100 last year, according to specialist jobs site CharityJob.

Its Salary Report 2024 surveyed 48,000 jobs posted on its website in 2023 compared to the 61,900 roles posted on the jobs site in 2022, a decrease of 22%.

Read the article here


One in six people take part in ‘political giving’, says report

One in six members of the public have given to charities to show solidarity with a political cause, according to new research.

Enthuse’s latest Donor Pulse survey reported that 17% of people had taken part in “political giving”, while the same proportion had donated to charities being criticised publicly, known as “inverse giving”.

Read the article here


‘Strong correlation’ between land ownership and charity survival rates, research finds

Charities that own land are more likely to survive, particularly those which operate in more deprived areas, according to new research.

Social Investment Business (SIB) found that 41% of charities in the most deprived areas of England own land, compared to 28% of those in the least deprived areas.

Read the article here


Fundraising Regulator tells charities to ‘tighten’ subcontracting arrangements

Charities need to “tighten” their subcontracting arrangements and focus more on due diligence and contract management, the Fundraising Regulator has said in its first ever market inquiry report.

The report, which was commissioned after a Wales Online investigation uncovered that external fundraisers were pressuring people to make donations, urges all charities to review their face-to-face fundraising processes and mitigate risks of poor practice.

Read the article here


Donations to charities rose to £13.9bn last year despite fewer donors, CAF reports

Charities in the UK received an estimated £13.9bn-worth of donations last year from a smaller pool of donors, according to new figures.

The £1.2bn annual increase was driven by some people giving larger amounts, rather than by more people giving to charity, according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) UK Giving Report 2024.

Read the article here

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